Sheep lameness, in particular foot rot, is undoubtedly one of the most important health and welfare issues facing the UK sheep farmer.

Many of our sheep team are trained Lameness Reduction Advisors, and can give dedicated advice on implementing the Five Point Plan for lameness control and prevention.

When poorly controlled, sheep lameness causes visible pain, reduces performance and costs the sheep industry millions of pounds in terms of production loss, labour, treatments and premature culling.

The main causes of lameness in UK sheep are scald, footrot and contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD).


Inflamed interdigital area. Easily treated with oxytetracycline spray or formalin footbath.

If left untreated can lead to foot rot.